At Mixed Reality South Africa, we are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of virtual and augmented reality, crafting immersive experiences that captivate and inform. Our recent collaboration with the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is a testament to this commitment. We were commissioned to create a groundbreaking 4IR (Fourth Industrial Revolution) Virtual Reality experience to showcase ACSA’s ambitious five-year master plan for OR Tambo International Airport.

About ACSA

Airports Company South Africa, established in 1993, operates nine of South Africa’s major airports, including OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. As a pivotal player in the aviation industry, ACSA is committed to providing world-class airport services, ensuring safe, secure, and efficient airport operations.

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OR Tambo International Airport

OR Tambo International Airport, Africa’s busiest airport, is a gateway for international and domestic travelers, handling over 21 million passengers annually. Named after the anti-apartheid politician Oliver Reginald Tambo, the airport is a crucial hub for connecting South Africa to the rest of the world. With a continuous drive for innovation and improvement, OR Tambo is embarking on a transformative five-year master plan aimed at enhancing infrastructure, passenger experience, and operational efficiency.

The 4IR Virtual Reality Experience

To bring ACSA’s visionary plans to life, we developed a state-of-the-art Virtual Reality experience that transports users into a futuristic cinema environment within a spaceship. Here’s a closer look at the key features of this immersive journey:

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Futuristic Cinema Environment

The experience begins as users enter a meticulously designed spaceship, complete with a massive screen that plays ACSA’s 2D video detailing the planned improvements for OR Tambo International Airport. This setting not only captivates the audience but also underscores the forward-thinking nature of the project.

Exploration and Navigation

In this virtual environment, users are given the freedom to explore the spaceship naturally. They can move through the environment as they would in real life, offering a sense of presence and immersion that is second to none. Additionally, we implemented a teleportation system, allowing users to move from one spot to another within the spaceship effortlessly. This feature ensures that even users who prefer to remain stationary in real life can still experience the entire virtual setting.

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Interactive Experience

The interactive nature of the VR experience allows ACSA’s clients to fully engage with the content. As they explore the spaceship, users can immerse themselves in the master plan’s details, gaining a deeper understanding of the future developments at OR Tambo International Airport.

Above is a screenshot of the spaceship and the big screen inside the spaceship on which the ACSA video played. Players could explore the whole ship by moving naturally through the spaceship as they would in real life. We also created a teleport system so that players could stand still in real life and in virtual reality teleport from one spot inside the spaceship to another spot. Allowing them to explore the spaceship as if they were there in real reality.

360° Video – South African Airports Company

Our collaboration with ACSA highlights the transformative power of Virtual Reality. By combining traditional video content with an immersive VR environment, we created a unique and engaging experience that effectively communicates ACSA’s vision for the future of OR Tambo International Airport. At Mixed Reality South Africa, we are proud to be at the forefront of this technological revolution, continually exploring new ways to bring visionary projects to life.